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  200mm Naval Gun Type 41 (1908) No. 2 (Broken Barrel)   
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Stan Gajda 1986

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D Letourneau 1999

Wartime History
Built by Armstrong or Vickers in the United Kingdom. Prior to World War I, this gun was purchased by the Japanese Navy and shipped to Japan.

Wartime History
One of two 200mm naval guns emplaced on the coast of Betio Island defending Tarawa Atoll. On November 20, 1943 this gun was disabled by U. S. Navy (USN) bombardment prior to the U. S. Marine Corps (USMC) landing on Betio Island. The gun barrel was sheered off by a shell. Nearby is 200mm Naval Gun Type 41 (1908) No. 1 (Horizontal Barrel).

Wreckage
This gun remain in situ on the coast of Betio Island. During 1999, this gun has been painted white by locals.

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Last Updated
March 3, 2017

 

 

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